Bo Barker Jørgensen to Speak at USC

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3:00p March 14th, 2008.
Hedco Neurosciences Building Auditorium (HNB).

USC Earth Sciences and the Marine Environmental Biology Department are excited to host Bo Barker Jørgensen (Director of the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology and the Center for Geomicrobiology) as part of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program's Distinguished Researcher and International Leadership Lecture Series (DRILLS) Program. Bo will talk about the "Deep Subseafloor Biosphere: Discovering the Largest Living Community on Earth" on March 14th, 2008.

Hedco Neurosciences Building Auditorium (HNB)
TIME: 3:00 PM
DATE: March 14th, 2008

A reception will follow in the Hedco Neurosciences Building Conference Room

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Some info on Dr. Jørgensen:
"Geobiological research has revealed that the extremely energy-poor environments deep beneath the ocean floor are home to a majority of all microorganisms on Earth. However, the subseafloor biosphere constitutes the least explored part of our global environment. The discovery of living organisms in ancient (40 million years old) environments has completely changed our understanding of the limits of life and its relationship with the geosphere.

Originally from Copenhagen, Bo studied biology at the University of Aarhus and was awarded a Ph.D. in 1977. He remained at the University of Aarhus for 14 years conducting research and teaching. In 1992, The German Max Planck Society invited Bo to become the founding director of a new Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen, Germany. The Institute has grown from an original research group of ten people in one department to 200 researchers in three departments. Bo has planned, organized, and coordinated national and international research programs, symposia, and workshops and has been the co-chief scientist of numerous oceanographic research cruises, including Ocean Drilling Program Leg 201 on the JOIDES Resolution. Most recently, Bo has been asked to establish a new Max Planck Center for Geomicrobiology at the University of Aarhus in 2007."